NLIC Weekender (4/23/2015) – Testimonies of New Life

New Life in Christ Weekender
A short reminder of events happening this weekend

[Scroll down for a list of events this weekend.]

Dear New Life in Christ Church Family,

Did you know that we are putting together a book of stories telling how New Life in Christ Church has made a difference in your life? We want to include your story! Would you consider writing a one-page story about how the church has influenced your life? You can find out how to contribute online by clicking here.

I want to tell a small piece of my story here.

Babies aren’t born fully mature. In the same way, I’m sure you know that pastors don’t have it all together when we show up and that we continue to learn and grow as we continue in ministry. Both Pastor Doug and the entire congregation of New Life in Christ church have been massively influential to my life and my family.

I have the incredible privilege of having NLICC right near the center of my life. Jesus is at the center, the church is right next to Him, together with my family. Because of this I have had the awesome privilege of being involved with so many people, ideas, and initiatives as well as daily studying the Bible, preaching the Word of God, and prayer. I can honestly say that my work does not feel like work, that it is a joy and a pleasure. I don’t know why everybody doesn’t want to do it.

The last decade of my life have been massively transformative and New Life in Christ Church has been at the center of it. One of the ways that it has really changed me is in my willingness to take risks.

Sure, I took a big risk to leave engineering and enter into ministry. At least that is what people told me. In my calculations, I figured it was far more risky NOT to do what God commanded. But in the wisdom of the world, I know that people think it was risky. It took some faith, trusting that God would provide for all that I needed through the rest of my life.

Just because we take one risk does not mean that we are always ready to take the next risk. I tend to be conservative in my decisions and actions. I am reserved. I don’t want to make mistakes. I have a perfectionist streak (though not when it comes to cleaning up after myself). In other words, if I am going to do something, I want to do it right.

And there is nothing wrong with doing things right … unless the obsession with doing things “right” results in us doing nothing at all, or not as much as we should.

 Proverbs 14:4 (ESV) – Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean, but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox.

 I’ve been reading JI Packer’s book Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God recently. It’s a great book. Classic book. It’s on that “must-read” list of books for anyone concerned with either evangelism or God’s sovereignty, in other words, for disciples of Jesus.

I found this great quote in the book. It says,

 To start with, we all can and should be praying for the salvation of unconverted people, particularly in our family, and among our friends and everyday associates. And then we must learn to see what possibilities of evangelism our everyday situation holds, and to be enterprising in our use of them. It is the nature of love to be enterprising. If you love someone, you are constantly trying to think out what is the best you can do for him, and how best you can please him, and it is your pleasure to give him pleasure by the things you devise for him.

When I interviewed with Pastor Doug, 126 months ago, he asked me if I could be entrepreneurial. Of course, I said yes (I really wanted to be a pastor here!), but I now realize I barely knew that that meant.

Through NLIC I have seen that enterprising spirit. I did not learn it in Engineering school or in my years as an Engineer. I learned it from the heart of God and from a pastor and a church committed to being stretched for the sake of “Building the Kingdom through training leaders.” I never could have imagined I would have learned what I have learned.

 Romans 15:20 (ESV) – “I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named.”

 Being at NLIC has stretched my imagination, my creativity, and my lifestyle to see the things that God calls us to do and do them faithfully.

What about you? How has NLIC changed your life?

Share your story. Send Gary Mangus your stories of how NLIC has affected your life. If you want, send it to me, and I can run it in an upcoming Weekender.

Faithfully Yours,
Pastor Sean


What I’m Reading

  • On the Web: I pray this for my children – Do you pray for your children?
  • On the Web: A Good Assistant Pastor is Easier Said Than Done – I’ve endeavored to be these things for Pastor Doug and the Congregation. Here is a checklist for you to keep me accountable.
  • On the Web: The Failure of Gay Marriage – Why Marriage ultimately won’t matter to homosexuals and why the trend toward legalization threatens to undo the credibility of marriage in the mind of many Americans. In the end, the authors demonstrates that heterosexuals are a guilty of throwing marriage under the bus as homosexuals.
  • On the Web: 11 Places to Use Greeters – I am so thankful for the ministry of Gail Reed to keep visitors feeling welcomed at the church. What she does is massive. We need more greeters. Just look at this article with all the possibilities for greeting locations! Want to serve as a greeter? Let me or Gail know.
  • Book: Words in Season by Leon Brown – “Life begins with God, not man. When we place our desires above what God requires, the results are already in. . . . When God is the focus, giving him all the glory and honor that is due his name, only then can we rightly conduct ourselves. This is true in all areas of life, personal evangelism included.” (page 38)
  • Book: Get Real by John Leonard – This book is a huge practical encouragement to share the gospel in a “normal” way. If you are looking for natural and normal ways to connect with non-Christians, Leonard gives lots of ideas.

Upcoming Events

Friday

  • 1 PM – Directory photos until 8 PM. Last chance to have them taken at the church! Drew & Sarah Kittredge are graciously providing three additional dates for photos at the church in Room 100. The photo sitting is free and takes about 15 minutes. You will also receive a complimentary 5×7 of the photo you choose for the directory. Additional purchasing options are also available. Sign up for your 15 minute session at https://kittcreative.youcanbook.me/. If you are unable to have your family’s photo completed during the offered session times, please submit a photo of your family to Drew Kittredge directly by April 24Contact: Sarah Kittredge with questions.

Saturday

  • 8:30 am to noon – Talents to Treasures Women’s Mini-Conference. Please join us starting at 8:30 am for registration, mingling, and a light breakfast provided by the Women’s Ministry Committee. Enjoy the three sessions you are attending and, then, please, join us for a potluck-style soup & salad bar at 12 pm. If you are able to bring something for lunch, please click here.
    Contact: Sarah Schroeder
  • 1 PM – AM Praise Team Rehearsal

 

Sunday

  • 9:00 AM – Children’s and Adult Sunday School Classes. Find out more about adult classes online here.
  • 10:00 AM – AM Worship Service –Pastor Doug Preaching.
  • 4:00 PM – Young Adult Discipleship Team
  • 6:00 pm – Evening Service – Rich Leino Preaching
  • 7:00 pm –Junior/Senior High Youth Discipleship
  • 7:00 pm – Elder-led Prayer Time this week – George Giddens Leading

 

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